ICPF to Provide Additional $1 Million to Further Expand Corrugated Curricula
During the past two decades, the International Corrugated Packaging Foundation (ICPF) has placed almost $12 million of equipment, and millions more in software, within packaging programs at colleges and universities around the nation. That figure continues to grow. Earlier this year, the ICPF Board of Directors reviewed ten university proposals to further advance their corrugated curricula for students. The university proposals were received in response to ICPF’s Corrugated Packaging Awards request for proposals that was released late last year. Because of the strength of the entries, the ICPF Board voted to provide funding and equipment over a three year period to support new initiatives at all ten universities. Funding was additionally approved for a rolling ICPF Corrugated Packaging Awards program to which additional universities can annually apply as new opportunities emerge to expand corrugated programming for students.
After signing letters of asset and extended partnership agreements with ICPF, those universities that have been selected to receive funding, equipment, and design software over 2018, 2019, and 2020 include Clemson University, Millersville University, Rutgers University, North Carolina State University, Indiana State University, University of Texas at Arlington, Western Michigan University, Cal Poly, Lewis-Clark State College and Virginia Tech.
Some of the elements of the ten new initiatives enabled by ICPF will include: the creation of three new corrugated packaging design labs; the funding for additional dedicated corrugated faculty at four universities that will expand the curricula and the number of undergraduate students within each program; the introduction of corrugated sales and business into packaging coursework; the launch of corrugated packaging curricula within two existing paper science engineering programs; the creation and execution of a prototype to promote corrugated packaging to attract additional high school students into university packaging classes; the introduction of digital printing on two campuses, the expansion of a packaging design program to include the evaluation and testing of corrugated materials; the creation of new packaging degrees and certification programs for undergraduate students; and expansions of existing testing and packaging design labs.
More information on each university’s initiative will be posted in the “News” section at www.careersincorrugated.org as funding and equipment placements are provided.
ICPF works with students from over 40 universities annually and has over 25 university partners that are currently teaching corrugated curricula. Each year, these campuses provide qualified student interns and new graduates to the corrugated packaging & displays industry. During the past seven years, a range of 120 - 150 student interns and new graduates annually entered the industry through ICPF resources and initiatives.